In an effort to reduce the number of illegal aliens in the state of Arkansas, Republican State Representative Michael Lamoureux has put forth legislation that would allow local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws. Those Law Enforcement Agents would be required to take an eight-week training course by the Department of Homeland Security in order to ensure that they are correctly enforcing the law.
The Courier of Russellville Arkansas
Lamoureux, a Republican from Russellville, is a sponsor of House Bill 1012, a proposal that would allow local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill will likely be assigned to the House of Representatives’ judiciary committee this week when the 85th Arkansas General Assembly convenes in Little Rock. Lamoureux serves on the judiciary committee.
Many times, federal agents don’t have the time or manpower to investigate significant illegal immigration problems in the state, putting a higher burden on local law enforcement officers to deal with those problems, Lamoureux said. In many of those instances, local officers do not have the power to enforce federal immigration laws, further complicating the problems.
"Local law enforcement officers are the first contact when it comes to illegal immigration problems, so it makes sense to allow those officers to be able to deal with those problems," Lamoureux said. "The federal agents don’t have the resources to handle all these problems, and this will help alleviate the problems local communities face."
While this is the most common sense approach to interior enforcement it is sure to draw fire from the ACLU, MALDEF and other open border proponents under the guise of the same argument they've used in the past. That argument is that if Law Enforcement agents are involved in enforcing immigration law then illegal immigrants would be less likely to report a crime or domestic violence claims.
They'll parade out some illegal alien woman who will claim she wouldn't have called police when her husband was beating her if they might arrest her. Of course this women will stand there at the meeting and announce that she's an illegal alien, yet no one will arrest her. This occurred a few days ago at a meeting for LA County jails to screen for illegal aliens and the woman wasn't arrested and deported on the spot.
The Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee called any immigration reform policy "racist and un-Christian" a few days ago as legislation was put forth to implement requirements for verification of citizenship to vote and restricting illegal aliens from government services and benefits in the State.
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